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UCO and Deer Creek Public Schools Partner on Concurrent Course Offerings

UCO and Deer Creek Public Schools Partner on Concurrent Course Offerings

The University of Central Oklahoma and Deer Creek Public Schools, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, established an exclusive partnership Monday, Jan. 8, that will offer juniors and seniors at Deer Creek High School the opportunity to take concurrent courses through the university. 

“We are extremely proud to partner with Deer Creek to offer students the opportunity to take courses for college credit through the University of Central Oklahoma,” said UCO President Todd G. Lamb.

“At the onset of my presidency, I was very surprised to learn our university had no concurrent relationships with local high schools. This partnership with Deer Creek is significant and will be a paradigm of common ed and higher ed working together to educate students.”

Deer Creek juniors are eligible to receive a maximum of nine college credit hours for the academic year; seniors can earn 18 college credit hours. Program participants much meet the eligibility requirements set by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

UCO will offer concurrent courses on the Deer Creek High School campus, eliminating the need for students to leave school grounds. Additionally, UCO will provide a dedicated advisor for program participants and cover tuition for eligible participants through waivers. 

"We are very excited about this new partnership with UCO and the opportunities that we can provide for our students seeking post-secondary educational experiences during their junior and senior years,” said Jason Perez, Ed.D., superintendent of Deer Creek Public Schools. 

“UCO is an innovative organization striving to provide a more beneficial learning environment for students and we are so glad to be partnering with them."

Deer Creek students can begin concurrent courses in fall 2024. Additional program details and requirements will be announced in the coming months.